If I Were the Principal
If I were the Principal, boy, things would change.
Our school would be fun, if a little bit strange.
We'd keep kangaroos in the classrooms as pets.
We'd travel to Tonga and learn to fly jets.
We'd get to make movies, and all become stars.
For field trips we'd blast off on rockets to Mars.
We'd learn to raise monsters and build time machines.
We'd surf on tsunamis in sleek submarines.
We'd learn to make robots with nuclear brains,
and dig up a dinosaur's fossil remains.
We'd battle with pirates and plunder their gold.
We'd duel with dragons for treasures untold.
We'd practice some potions and magical spells
to stink up the schoolyard with sickening smells,
to make us invisible, eighty feet tall,
or turn into liquid or walk through a wall.
Yes, if I were Principal, that's what we'd do.
We'd lock evil scientists up in the zoo,
while vanquishing villains and capturing crooks.
In other words, we would read many more books. --Kenn Nesbitt
Write the name of the poet and poem.
How many verses are there?
Underline all the rhyming words.
What does the poet want to do in verse 1?
Read verse 2. Which movie would you like to make. Why?
Draw the monster you would like to raise. Write a list of what your monster would need.
How would a robot be able to help you at school?
In verse 3, what do you think “plunder” means?
What ingredients would you need to make a “sickening” smell?
Choose a verse and illustrate it accurately.